University of Miami football uses military fitness device to track team biometrics
The University of Miami football program has incorporated a military fitness device, the Warfighter Monitor, into its summer training regimen.
To avoid overwork and improve biometric data, Miami players wear the Warfighter Monitor on their arms to track respiratory rate, body temperature and pulse oximetry. The device’s most distinctive tool is its single-lead electrocardiogram, a more advanced and accurate way to measure heart rate.
Created by defense contractor Tiger Tech Solutions, the monitor’s unique electrocardiogram is ultimately what led Eric Renaghan, director of sports science at the school, to endorse the product and bring it to the team. Saying it’s “not even close,” Renagahn claims the Warfighter device dwarfs what Apple Watches and Fitbits can do in terms of heart rate monitoring.
“An Apple Watch, you can reach over to the other side and touch the watch and get an EKG,” Tiger Tech Solutions CEO Harrison Wittels told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. “We are actually the first device in the world capable of doing this from a single limb. It’s important because it’s the only way to get the real heart rate.
Due to excessive heat in South Florida during summer workouts, Miami head coach Mario Cristobal and strength and conditioning coach Aaron Field took advantage of the Warfighter Monitor, which does not is yet deployed by no other college or professional team, to move practices to times that can best benefit players. Last season, Miami coaches used WHOOP data to modify training and workouts so players could rest better, helping to overturn its win-loss record.
The Hurricanes recently received a commitment from five-star quarterback Jaden Rashada, the first high school player to receive an NIL.